Castlevania Producer Koji Igarashi Has Left Konami

By Ishaan . March 17, 2014 . 8:05am

Koji Igarashi, known for his work on the original Castlevania series, has left the employ of Konami, IGN reported this morning. The designer’s last day at the company was Saturday, March 15th.

 

In the wake of his departure, Igarashi intends to open a new game development studio.

 

“I’ve decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of games I really want to make—the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well,” Igarashi told IGN.

 

“Leaving Konami was a big decision, and not one I took lightly—I’ve spent my entire career there, made many friends, and had a lot of great opportunities—but I hope all the gamers and fans who have supported me in the past will join me in being excited about what comes next. Wish me luck!”

 

At the Game Developers Conference this week, Igarashi is conducting a panel about his approach to game development. Siliconera will be in attendance at the panel.


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  • Minos

    Sooo…. who is left in Konami?

    Or did everybody left already like in Capcom?

    • César H. Sandoval

      Kojima.

      Pretty much all they need.

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        I only imagine Kojima really wants to make another Z.O.E., any other older franchise he worked on or a brand new IP but Konami clearly ungrateful. Kojima needs to leave Konami in order to make better games.

        I think Kojima is making Metal Gear Solid V in order to kill the Metal Gear franchise by creating plot holes and take taboo subjects too far.

      • Spirit Macardi

        and Yu-Gi-Oh, a franchise that’s only still relevant because of a British guy doing funny voices over cartoon footage.

        • nonscpo

          Screw money I have rules…lol

    • Hector Velar

      Ono still in Crapcon, he needs to get out of there fast before Titanic sinks and make a Darkstalkers reincarnation game.

      • Herok♞

        if Ono left then he would never be able to make Darkstalkers

        • Stephen Mc Devitt

          He could just make a new IP with Lab Zero, Arc System Works or via Kickstarter.

        • Hector Velar

          By reincarnation I meant a spiritual successor just as Mighty#9 is for megaman.

    • DS23

      Kojima. Uh, that Tak Fuji guy? Wooow.

  • megaten666

    “I’ve decided to break out on my own to have the freedom to make the kind of
    games I really want to make—the same kind I think fans of my past games
    want as well,…”

    If it means more Nintendo DS Castlevania-like titles, then please, do.

    • TheGioG

      If a spiritual successor is taken to Kickstarter, consider it funded (I would gladly donate to that cause).
      Our childhoods have to live on one way or another these days…

      • Freud_Hater

        Amen. I’ve never backed a Kickstarter before, heck, I don’t even have a paypal, but if a Metroidvania-esque needs my backing, then it’s got it.

      • Oniros

        The icing on the cake would be if he had Kojima and Yamane on board for his next project. I’m crossing my fingers.

      • TheRealMalek

        yeah i think many people would support him

    • LaserVision

      I’ve loved each and every one them but even I got to admit, they weren’t bestsellers. I think this breakup was for the best and will follow him wherever he goes.

      • http://queensblade.net/index.php/characters/cattleya gulabjamuns

        Most of the handheld Castlevanias were really critically acclaimed though. Right up to Order of Ecclesia. That’s what always made me think it was strange that Konami didn’t continue to let Igarashi make more games like that based on those grounds.

  • Brandonmkii

    No more metroidvanias please.

    • AkuLord3

      Then play something, some people want more metroidvanias or something from the guy. Why are you here whining?

      • Brandonmkii

        We’ve had enough of them in the almost 20 years since they’ve happened. We need more traditional Castlevania games. With IGA gone, that may just happen. I’m optimistic.

        • Spirit Macardi

          I never really saw how the Metroidvania ones took away from the original premise of the games. You’re still fighting your way through Dracula’s castle and fighting huge bosses with the help of a variety of sub-weapons and food hidden in walls, just it expanded on it by allowing you to keep exploring and find new abilities to help you out.

          • ronald allan Zamora

            Except that traditional Castlevania is more linear, less gimmicky, no experience points and main player is a whip wielding Belmont. I’m sure you’re familiar with “Close but no cigar”, that’s what I describe to Metroidvania as comparing to real Castlevania games.

          • http://queensblade.net/index.php/characters/cattleya gulabjamuns

            I sure hope you guys bought The Adventure Rebirth. Personally, I’ve loved every Castlevania game from the first one on NES to Order of Ecclesia. Classic or Metroidvania, just give it to me… except whatever LoS was, I don’t want more of that.

          • ronald allan Zamora

            I’ve played The Adventure Rebirth but still not share the same success as Super Castlevania IV and other high five Castlevania games: Castlevania 3, Rondo of Blood and even SOTN which is only IGA is good/great at, I won’t even count the other IGAvania GBA/DS/PS2 games. LOS did capture the linear nature of old Castlevania games and essence of Super Castlevania IV but not necessarily 100%

  • http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/21421.html?type=4 Kashell

    Good for him. Best of luck and here’s hoping for awesome new games!

  • Quan Chi

    Blame Ninja Gaiden Z. It is truely a terrible game. People always seem to leave companies when a game does terribly bad.

    • Göran Isacson

      But Ninja Gaiden Z is not really connected to Konami or IGA in any way, shape or form…?

      • Quan Chi

        F^&*! Wrong company! Doh!

        • http://queensblade.net/index.php/characters/cattleya gulabjamuns

          On top of that, Ninja Gaiden Z was co-created with Inafune, who kinda LEFT a company to make games he wants to make…? I haven’t played it yet but it doesn’t look like crap to me at all, I’m looking forward to it, and I am a fan of both the classic and modern NG series.

          • Guest

            whoops wrong comment

        • Göran Isacson

          Heh, it happens. Just take a bit more care to fact-check before posting in the future :)

    • Godmars

      Bad compared to what, the original Ninja Gaiden? The Xbox version.

      NGZ only happened because Tecmo wanted to put it on the PS3, and Sony didn’t want that unless there was new content.

      Then you get into the drama with Itagaki and his issues with not wanting to work with Sony or only with MS and all that.

  • Eder García

    David Cox’s words were right… 2D Castlevanias are dead

    • Hector Velar

      at the contrary, with Koji leaving we will see spiritusl succesor like mighty #9 is to megaman

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      So is the 3D ones with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 being awful with a bland protagonist, a nonsensical story and… rat stealth sections?

      Being someone who played the original LoS, Imma staying ‘way from that one.

      • Eder García

        (personal opinion) David Cox knew IGA was going to leave. this the reason why he said those words, LoS2 failed. nuff said, but that will not stop Konami to try again with another AAA Castlevania. (but with the Mercury Steam-gate, Konami must find another western studio)

  • OlimacFTW

    And now oficially Castlevania is dead, at least to me.
    But who knows, maybe in the future as the same situation with Keiji Inafune, Iga could make an independient “Metroidvania”.

    • Spirit Macardi

      Considering the story of Dracula is public domain, he wouldn’t even need to change the basic premise.

      • Derek E Nay

        To bad it’s the end of the Belmonts.

    • Strid

      Castlevania has been dead since Lords of Shadow. We’ll never see a truly, good Castlevania game ever again, but with Iga leaving, only in name.

  • Arz

    I foresee a spiritual successor on Kickstarter.

  • Arcana Drill

    “the same kind I think fans of my past games want as well”

    2d side scroller? please yes! :D

    I think is better he leaves konami and do what he wants to be hostage of investors and be forced to do what he dont want.

  • http://www.yazuka.net/ Yazuka

    I wish him all luck! Hopefully he can make the game he wants to make and hopefully we’ll get a Metroidvania like game in HD.

  • Göran Isacson

    Ah… well then. I guess that’s that then. Perhaps for the best, free from Konami he can service the niche that liked his style of games (of which I am one) without having to wait for corporate overlord say-so. They probably won’t be anything superspecial, but they’ll scratch my itch every year or so.

    As for what comes next for Castlevania, we simply do not know. Nothing left but to wait and see, I think…

  • Zer0faith

    Here’s hoping he delivers the Castlevania game a lot of fans have been asking for even if he has to Kickstart it like the Mighty Number 9 project.

    • Stephen Mc Devitt

      There’s always Shantae until then.

  • Namuro

    I’ll be really happy if he can make something similar to the castlevania games of the past!

    Good luck to you, good sir!

  • http://www.isfuturebright.com/ Silvio Carréra

    Awesome! Hope he does well!

  • Locklear93

    Unfortunate that he’s leaving the business that gave him his start, and the IP he really advanced (I absolutely admit that there were a ton of so-so Castlevanias that got little to no attention under his watch, but if not for Symphony of the Night, the IP might not have lasted as long as it did), but in the end I’m glad to see this. Some people may be tired of Metroidvania, but I enjoy that kind of game, and have no interest in God of War clones with Castlevania trappings. Since the reboot has been successful, though, Igarashi walking away to make something else is the best thing I could hope for, as a fan of Castlevanias gone by.

    • GH56734

      He IS still doing Metroidvania (“to continue making the same games fans have come to expect from me from my past games”).

      From what he said we can expect more Metroidvania games (and after all, Dracula’s story is public domain), just not Castlevania and not Belmont-related.
      And no 1999 War. But you can count on Konami to do two or three more Western-developed sub-par 3D Castlevania (before delivering the final blow to the series) pretending to cover that plot.. after all, they DID reuse the characters from the cancelled DreamCast game for LoS… just in-name only.

      And Konami wouldn’t even let poor Iga near Castlevania, or anything not mobile for that matter, since 2009. His departure is more than justified.

      Another important point to consider is that Konami, even in the pre-internet days, was (and still is) extremely lawsuit happy. They were violently suing to oblivion fan-works and their makers (even the safe for work kind).
      So, I’m looking forward for something like Order of Ecclesia and Portal of Ruin (which could have been a new IP, really)… new ideas, and distanced enough from the whip-wielding clan.

      Congrats for Iga for escaping the inverted Konami Devil Castle ^^
      (now, if only the (disbanded!) Silent Hill and Suikoden talent could fly and do something other than pachinko/IPA/gashapon shells of iOS games… Kojima too won’t forever like being coerced into leaving his other dreams projects just for MGS)

  • NeptuniasBeard

    Damn! I was hoping on even an inkling of a chance of a return to Metroidvanias. But with IGA gone… ;_; it’s just too much!

    • Hector Velar

      because him leaving, now you will.

  • Six

    The more talent that gets away from the major Japanese publishers, the better.

    He has my money for his inevitable Kickstarter.

  • z_merquise

    Best of luck to him. It’s been a long time coming. He’s doing nothing at Konami for years now. He made a right choice to finally leave and made his own studio.

    And with composer Michiru Yamane and artist Ayami Kojima currently working as freelancers, I’m sure IGA would hire them on whatever new project sooner or later.

    I’m really looking forward to see the details of IGA’s conference and the things he’ll talk about.

  • BlueTree

    Good on you, Koji! Best of luck, I’m glad he’s seeking a path as a creator, it’s tough given the model but I’m glad to know Iga’s still out there.

  • epy

    Ah, dammit. I’m not getting the Castlevania I want anymore, am I?

    • AkuLord3

      No you WILL now that he’s leaving…just won’t be called Castlevania but might have to do with fighting Dracula, Konami doesn’t have the rights to that

  • Hector Velar

    OMG! Best news i had since keiji inafune left capcom! Best of luck Koji, I will buy your games. Who is next? Ono? let the money hungry giants die, let games be made for the love of gaming not money! so excited right now!OMG /screams like a little girl.

  • Istillduno

    Such a shame Castlevania got hijacked by God of War wanabees to this extent, at least this way we’ll be getting some more Iga goodness though, even if it is under a different name.

    • ronald allan Zamora

      Actually Castlevania got hijacked by IGA’s Super Metroid wanabees since 1997, real Castlevania experience was from 1986 to 1995

  • Adrián Alucard

    What will happen now? There are a lot of questions. Julius, 1999…

  • blacKnight

    More and more key people leaving the giants… Akihiko Yoshida and now this?! Seems like all big names want to start making their own company

    • Godmars

      To an extent it feels like the pursuit of AAA game production has hurt gaming. Especially with JP devs.

      Publishers were looking for more profits, excuse to charge more for games, but consoles have largely been about middleware titles. At least until the PS3 and Xbox. The first Xbox.

      • Spirit Macardi

        They’ve also listened more to share holders and less to their designers and fans. They want to show off something that looks successful, even if it may not be, just to appease a bunch of businessmen who have probably never played a game in their lives.

  • Godmars

    Maybe this will mean a Mighty No. 9 type clonage of Castlevania.

    Which would hardly be a bad thing.

    • NintendoPSXTheSecond

      Or we could have a randomly generated map Castlevania game handled by WayForward!

    • ronald allan Zamora

      More like clonage of Metroidvania than “REAL” Castlevania which is linear, stage-by-stage game.

  • Ramengeddon

    should call the new game Igavania just to troll konami lol

    • Aoshi00

      I think Sakaguchi had done something in that vein, w/ Lost Odyssey and the Last Story to Final Fantasy :) Both of those games felt more FF to me.. and now Inafune trolling w/ Mighty no.9 and Gunvolt.. I know many don’t like LoS, but I liked it and Mirror of Fate.. haven’t played LoS2 yet.. of course I missed the Metroidvania games too. but I really don’t think Castlevania is dead.. but yeah, would be nice for Iga, Kojima Ayami, and Ayane Michiru to cook up some Dracula again.. just like Sakaguchi’s still teaming up w/ Uematsu like the old times.. Symphony of the Night was a classic thru and thru.. I actually stopped gaming for a few years in high school and then MM8 and SotN got me back into it and the rest is history lol.. man, I kinda want a MM11 like MM8, not just MM9 & 10.

  • NintendoPSXTheSecond

    I am wishing him the best but I’m getting a bit sick of this, not saying he’s GOING to but, as an example. Developer’s leaving, creating a company and then begging the masses for their game to be made with their money. I suppose it IS fair since you pay for what you want but I don’t know. I find the Kickstarter method a tad annoying to me.
    Either way, good luck to Igarashi-san.

    • http://vindictushots.tumblr.com/ Okuni-chan

      I have to agree on the Kickstarter thing. It feels as if a few did it and it worked out, now everyone jumps on the ship. I’m not putting down Kickstarter or its usefulness to those out there, yet at the same time I too have become annoyed by it.
      I mean it’s great if you want to be an independent artist/developer or for those starting out and looking for a bit of help. Yet I can’t explain fully why seeing Kickstarter plastered all over the place bothers me so.

      • revenent hell

        Personally for me it’s irking because I remember the days when people put everything they had in to bringing about something…. Nowadays it seems everyone jumps on the kickstarter wagon because it’s to easy to do.

        • AkuLord3

          And you don’t think they put everything they had when doing a kickstarter? it might be easy for some but not everyone has great success in doing a kickstarter.
          Its not like he’s Shaq and has the money to make the game but isn’t using it or knows for sure if his game will be funded

          • revenent hell

            By everything I literally mean EVERYTHING.
            As in they took out loans and used their own money to fund the projects they wanted to bring out in to the world.
            Nowadays its rare to see anyone do that. Because its risky and who wants to do that when theres a kickstarter for it?
            So no people do not put in everything they have in to it because they don’t want to risk a loss of money or have to pay back loans. Which is exactly what I said .

  • Spirit Macardi

    Can’t say I didn’t see this coming, considering not only did the one series that he worked on get pulled out from under him, but it’s not like they had him work on anything else instead (especially since Konami doesn’t seem to do anything in-house anymore).

    I’m happy for the man though, and I’m sure he’ll find success elsewhere. In a way it’s inspiring how so many designers are breaking away from these faltering companies in order to follow their dreams. There’s a ton of others that I’d love to see do the same.

  • SirRichard

    You would think that some of the industry’s best talent breaking away from their studios and publishers so frequently these days would be a massive warning sign to publishers, but apparently not. Here’s hoping we get to have a shot at whatever he makes.

    • Locklear93

      It’s been interesting to me how much that’s been happening. I’ve heard a number of Japanese developers say things like “Japan’s fallen behind the west,” etc., but with the talent that keeps leaving, and the trend in outsourcing/acquisition of Western studios, they’re not going to catch up, so much as release a lot of western games under Japanese labels. LoS, DmC, Square’s big games from Western devs (Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Human Revolution), etc. don’t feel like Japan catching up with the west, so much as hiring it.

      (Don’t get me wrong; some of those games are great–but they aren’t Japanese games, and if the big wigs feel like Japan has “fallen behind,” this only catches them up in boardrooms, not gaming.)

  • d19xx

    I personally think this is good news. I’m looking forward to his future projects.

  • Trotmeister

    I’m actually surprised he lingered at Konami for so long. What was he doing all this time? Harmony of Despair been released years ago and it wasn’t even good.

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    Judging by what Konami has become, it’s obviously for the best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g1xMAPG8Ik

    • GH56734

      Oh Jim Sterling, wasn’t he put in Konami’s PR black-list for… being a critic? :P
      (it almost sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon plot, but it’s unfortunately the sad reality this company has become)

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        Midway, Atari and THQ fell last generation but the likes of Konami, Capcom and Square-Enix are likely to be next this generation if they keep making bad decisions like on what kind of games executives want to see, the way the games are actually release and fail at promoting their games by shunning game journalists.

        At this point, I imagine Kojima wants to bring down Konami by having MGS V kill the Metal Gear franchise so he can do something else outside MGS.

        • GH56734

          The credibility blow that is the full-priced two-hour Ground Zeroes is certainly a good start.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Hope the best for Iga there.T_T

    Damn, with this Konami has become probably one of my less favorite game company here.T_T Especially after them killing of Hudson.

    • Nanaki

      They killed Hudson!? That poor bee. :(

  • Mind0105A

    As long as it’s interesting and fun, I will buy it.

  • NightzeroAX

    Well there goes the 1999 battle and whatever’s left of Soma. I’m not surprised at all really. I will however continue supporting him.

    EDIT: I just realized something. Maybe he’d work with Frontier Aja for the next Koumajou Densetsu. (or something related to dracula)

  • BleuVII

    Please join Comcept. Please join Comcept. Please join Comcept.

    (note: Comcept is Keiji Inafune’s company. I’d love to see the Megaman sucessor and the Castlevania successor under the same roof)

    • J_Joestar

      i would lol if he starts his own studio and he starts making “Not-Castlevania” games in the same vein as MN9 and Gunvolt are “Not-Megaman” games.

      • GH56734

        Why? Order of Ecclesia and Portrait of Ruin could have been easily rebranded as new IPs with a few small aesthetic changes.
        As for MN9 and Gunvolt, both have enough personnality and gameplay concept changes that they don’t really count as clones. Their departures from their companies was the best thing that could have happened, now their concepts/ideas can shine on their own without being butchered to fit a pre-existing IP. It can follow the “gameplay first, plot/IP/graphics later” recipe, the same essence from Nintendo games and from Capcom/Konami’s early days when they used to create new IPs to suit their gameplay visions rather than the opposite.

        • J_Joestar

          I wasn’t saying it as a negative,
          a lot of people wanted more Megaman games, and while Inafune can’t give us that, he is giving us stuff that is new and different but have a comfortable and familiar feel.
          MN9 and Gunvolt clearly have undeniable roots from earlier MM games, but are also free to bring new and different ideas built on top of those roots.

          So i’m hoping that Iga can do something similar while not forgetting those things that made people love his works while building on top of it to with new ideas and innovations.

    • Kamen Rider Rayz

      Why not WayForward? It would be cool too so that it could create more competitive between these two awesome companies!

  • Carlos Escalante

    Smart. There’s been a void for MV kind of games this gen, and nobody makes them like IGA. There has been some worthy candidates, but not even close to the quality and polish of say, SoTN, DoS or OoC.

  • DarthSithZero

    Alot of producers are leaving for Indie/kickstarter or personal projects.This is good because we can see some fresh ideas for games instead of a overrused franchise.

  • azureknight

    Well, there goes any chance of ever getting the 1999 Castlevania game.

    • GH56734

      Victor Belmont was the protagonist from the cancelled Dreamcast game. Konami made him come back for LoS2, but it’s nothing like the original and his backstory except for the name.

      You can count of them using the “1999 War” for something else entirely, in an extremely horrible out-of-characterization fashion. because they WILL.

      Probably as a Call of Castlevania spin-off :P

  • Haunting Horror

    This is great! I hope he does something involving Dracula, it’s a public domain so he could. And since he was the one that got that story to come together to make sense (before him they didn’t explain anything and ones that made Castlevania games that wasn’t him just did whatever they want and contradicted the story line (that’s why Sonia Belmont got reconned; her whole game went against the series) (here’s where I found that out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJHzkOxhlsk),) so this could lead to a really good Dracula game series. Well, anything he decides to do is sure to be good if it has to do with Dracula or not. Looking forward to his games!

  • Blesmi

    GG, Castlevania is officially dead to me. Guess we’ll never get that 1999 game after all.

    • Oniros

      This is the only downside to this news. I really wanted to see a 1999 staring Julius. :(

  • Yan Zhao

    Does that mean no more Metroidvania style Castlevania games? :

    Not really a fan of the 3D ones.

  • AuraGuyChris

    *After this departure, he went on to make the Manorvania titles*

  • eilegz

    castlevania its dead thanks to Kojima and mercury stream….

    hopefully iga make a spiritual sucesor a model of kickstarter would work on old 2d graphics games that dont need AAA resources and AAA expectations

    • GH56734

      Kojima had very minimal output in LoS1, even less for the sequel.
      Whoever is behind disbanding the Goemon/Suikoden/Silent Hill/Castlevania DS teams and reassigning them to iOS crap are the ones to blame, and it seems like a company philosophy now.

  • hng qtr

    Damn, goodbye 1999 Castlevania…
    But if he was unhappy with his situation in Konami I guess that was better for us all.

  • ARMs7777

    This is sad news. I love the Castlevania series and would have wanted the 1999 Castlevania. Hopefully he can pull off a new series that I would come to love but things like that is kinda hard to pull off a second time.

  • AbdullahAlKhalagi

    aaaaaaahhhhhhh……………..Finally, he surface and on the move :)…………. As I mentioned many many times, vampires are not only Castelvania. As what happened to MegaMan becoming Mighty No.9, this can also happen to Alucard. I will be checking Kickstarter and Indigogo daily starting today to support IGA san on whatever he plans to do.. Gambri des IGA san….

  • AbdullahAlKhalagi

    God had answered my prayer since I posted the below 6 months ago on:

    http://nichegamer.net/2013/08/where-in-the-world-is-koji-igarashi/#comment-1052566895

    Man…I am like you . I really miss Castelvania and Iga San touch. How can we reach the guy?? How can we tell him that we miss him?? How can we tell him about Mighty No. 9 success story on Kickstarter?? How can we convince him to move away from Konami and start his own Dracula legacy away from Castelvania??

    We love Castelvania for the design, Music, Control, Depth, Story and graphics and all of them are not owned by Konami. Konami only owns the name of Castelvania franchise….but they don’t own Dracula….

    We want Iga San to hear us and move to Kickstarter for his first independent Dracula but non Castelvania series….

    How can we reach him?? Help is needed…..

  • Morricane

    So, Igarashi going with a Metroidvania-type game on Kickstarter soon? :D

  • http://www.google.com/ LuckRequired

    Konami, why you such a bad parent?

  • Zalin

    I got you’re back buddy! The castlevania series is by far one of my favorite game series of all time! You have my devotion good sir, god speed and good luck Koji Igarashi.

  • Johnathan Lenig-Lopez

    I think this is a good trend, developers leaving oppressive studios. ‘m hoping this will help bring the industry out of it’s current rut.

  • http://queensblade.net/index.php/characters/cattleya gulabjamuns

    In retrospect, Koji Igarashi has been looked at by the Castlevania fanbase as sometimes polarizing, and by some even overrated. But I, for one, am sure that I love Koji Igarashi’s types of games. All the way. This doesn’t just include metroidvanias and every single Castlevania he has worked on (including both 3D PS2 castlevanias he worked on), but also some of his other projects outside the Castlevania series, such as Nanobreaker and Otomedius Excellent. Beyond that I love it when directors like him have a style to them (his whip and hat is like Itagaki’s sunglasses, lol) along with their “my way or the highway” attitude who know what they love to make and try their best to stick to their guns. Speaking of which, it’s only a matter of time before such “rebel” directors leave the kind of companies that Konami and the like have become. So in that view I’m excited by this news and hope that I get to play Igarashi’s next game sooner (a lot sooner) than I’ve had to wait for a game from Itagaki, lol. I know I’m gonna love whatever it is (unless it’s a mobile game… *shudder* he wouldn’t do that, right?)

    On the other hand, now I’m wondering what will happen with Castlevania. I know what other people are saying, that he’ll make his “Igavania”. But even though I’m looking forward to and fully support Inafune’s Mighty Number 9, I know that I’m never really ever going to be satiated when it comes to my thirst for more, real “Mega Man X”… it’s next to impossible anymore. Names like Castlevania and Mega Man X have topped my favorite game series list since I was a kid. I guess even every good thing has to come to an end some day but it’s still sad to see happen. It’s like all the biggest gaming beacons since my childhood started to get extinguished one by one since the later half of the last decade. Capcom took a buster shot to the face for me years ago, Konami probably just took the final nail in its coffin for me (heh), and recently Namco’s soul has also been slowly dimming out (but recently, on the bright side, Tecmo-Koei and Atlus have become a new beacon for me and is quickly gaining strength).

    Look, I share everyone’s enthusiasm for all these awesome game developers finally breaking free of their chains to bring us new games, but you can’t keep me from feeling… actually quite depressed over the thought that “Mega Man is dead”, and “Castlevania is dead”. I still want those names done justice to. Iga could make a whole new vampire game series but really, he can’t use the Belmonts and other little details anymore, anyone knows that. The 1999 story will never be seen, we might never even see a (good) new HD 2D castlevania game. But still, I hope Konami will find a way to pass the classic Castlevania torch on to new blood, properly, like how it was done back with Rondo/SOTN. Hopefully, unlike Capcom, they’ll see the success of 2D games like Vanillaware’s and Wayforward’s. With Igarashi gone, the chances of a GOOD new “classically Castlevania” game have become more unknown than ever, but I really do hope they give the series one more chance… a proper one. I personally loved Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth and that had nothing to do with Igarashi, but then that game was heavily reusing material from old Castlevanias. Even if they could just simply give us an HD remake, for sure that’d still be a hell of a lot better than what Capcom is doing with Mega Man right now.

    sorry for the tldr, but this news comes as a really big deal to me, as it feels more and more that the generation of gaming I was a part of is totally coming to an end… I mean, here’s a list of my favorite game series that have died or are dieing (or facing hard times) recently:
    Mega Man (after MM10 in 2010, but for me it really died after ZX Advent)
    Castlevania (died with the announcement of LoS)
    Lufia (with the death of Neverland)
    Ys (personally, after Falcom stopped making Ys for PC the quality of the series has gone downhill for me)
    Super Monkey Ball (died when they made Banana Blitz)
    Street Fighter (personally, it ended as soon as I first saw SF4)
    Soul Calibur (Strike 1 – SC5, Strike 2 – SC2HD, Strike 3 – SC Lost Swords?)
    Devil May Cry (DmC)
    F-zero (skipped a whole Nintendo generation)
    Metroid (mixed reactions to Other M, then absolutely nothing)
    SSX (personally since SSX3, but I’m curious to see where it goes next)
    Tomb Raider (personally, but everyone admits the old series IS dead now)

    If Zelda was gone that would mean the total wipe out of my top 5 favorite series of all time (other 4 being Castlevania, Mega Man, Lufia, and Ys). Also my entire top 10 would be wiped out if not for KOF and DOA, of which the former has faced its developer going bankrupt and the latter faced losing its original creator, yet both are stronger than ever today!

  • leingod

    Those are kinda bittersweet news. I was expecting him to take the helm again now that Mercury Steam’s LOS was done (finally), and now this happens. I wonder what’ll be the series’ future from now.

    That been said, I’ll be awaiting his Demon Castle Nosferatu announcement.

  • Servant BerserCAR

    The dude is the one who responsible for my fanaticism to the Belmonts, Alucard and his father, Ayami Kojima, Michiru Yamane and the golem. I f*ckin love him for it.

    God bless him wherever he go.

  • CozyAndWarm

    It’s great to finally see Iga break away from Konami. It’s good to hear he’s still gonna be making games, it’s just too bad we’ll never see a revival of the Castlevania IP after what Mercury Steam did to it.

  • Captain Beefheart

    Good, we might see an actual Castlevania game soon.

  • Joseph Paraiso

    Hmm… some random thought: I think it would be awesome if Igarashi-sensei and Araki-sensei made a crossover game based on SOTN and JOJO (1 and 3) since both have vampire-related elements and then named it: JoJovania: Blood of the Phantom and Crusaders of the Stardust respectively lolz

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